The purpose of the EAO summer camp was to create visions and ideas for future developments in the field of implant dentistry. An additional goal was the installation of a young, strong and enduring network for scientific exchange among participants. SUMMER CAMP ACTIVITY: Forty participants younger than 40 years of age, from 16 different European countries, discussed potential future developments of implant dentistry in a professionally moderated workshop. Participants worked in a competitive manner over 3 days in small teams on four topics: future teaching and education, surgery in 2030, prosthetics in 2030 and futuristic tissue development related to the field of implantology. Various innovative conference and moderation techniques were applied to achieve a maximum output from the creative potential present.
Plenum consensus was obtained for several key factors potentially influencing future development in implant dentistry. In particular, teaching and education will be improved by the establishment of curriculum standards and novel teaching technologies. Surgery in 2030 will benefit from an improved cost-effectiveness of new technologies and biomaterials. A more comprehensive knowledge on host susceptibility will have an impact on treatment planning and the predictability of implant therapy. A virtual patient concept and tissue engineering will influence Prosthodontics in 2030. Futuristic tissue development will set a "platinum standard" for tissue regeneration.
Visions on all four topics were generated and discussed intensively during the conference. "Future teaching and education" was voted unanimously as the winning team based on the presented ideas and the special interest this topic generated.